Karnataka ‘omits’ chapter of Tipu Sultan in Class 7

Karnataka ‘omits’ chapter of Tipu Sultan in Class 7
Karnataka ‘omits’ chapter of Tipu Sultan in Class 7

Karnataka has omitted a chapter on Mysore ruler Tipu Sultan from the history textbook for Class 7 students to reduce their syllabus.Due to Covid crisis this academic year,the reopening of schools has been delayed.
“The chapter on Tipu Sultan for Class 7 has been omitped to reduce the syllabus by 30 per cent for this academic year due to delay in reopening of schools due to no let-up in coronavirus spread,” Karnataka Text Book Society Director Madde Gowda told reporters here.
However, the chapter withhold the ‘Tiger of Mysore’ for Classes 6 and 10.
“As Class 7 students would have read Tipu in Class 6 and will read more on him again in Class 10, omitting it for them in this academic year will not be a loss to them,” asserted Gowda.
The society has uploaded the reduced syllabus for the state board schools on the Department of State Education Research and Training (DSERT) website for online classes and teaching.
“The chapter on Tipu will, however, be taught to Class 7 students as part of the assignment and not as a separate lesson,” said Gowda.
For this decision,the Congress protested against the omitting of Tipu’s lesson for Class 7 students and accused the BJP government of “playing communal politics” in education too.
An expert committee led by noted writer BaraguruRamachandrappa advised the state government in November 2019 against omitting the content on Tipu from history textbooks.
Chapter 5 on Tipu in Class 7 is part of the history portion on the “Wodeyars of Mysuru”. In Chapter 4 for Class 10 students, Tipu is mentioned along with HalagaliBedas, Kittur Rani Chenamma and SangoliRayanna as those who opposed and fought the British in the 18th century.
“We have not deleted study matter on Tipu or Hyder Ali. The changes were made by subject experts in whose work we do not meddle. They have changed it on priority, as the academic year has been reduced to 120 days from 220 working days,” Gowda stated.

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